Top Stories on StartUps (April 10)

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Top Stories on StartUps (April 10)

Introduction

A Twitter search performed on April 10, 2020, sought to identify top stories discussing startups and entrepreneurs. The search revealed some interesting content. Below are a few highlights, though the complete findings can be found in the attached spreadsheet:

Key Findings

  • Unsurprisingly, several articles were a direct response to, or was inspired by the current COVID-19 pandemic. One tweet shared an article that discussed Bill Gate's take on the current crisis and how governments should prepare for similar situations in the future as another pandemic is inevitable.
  • Articles relating to startups gave particular insight around what it takes to be successful, even during a downturn. One of the articles said that some of the most durable companies are born out of a downturn.
  • Articles around entrepreneurship mostly dealt with how to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. We-FI, which stands for Women Entreprenuers Finance Initiative interviewed several female entrepreneurs for their experiences during a challenging time.
  • Many articles on startups discussed innovative technologies that are helping with the pandemic. A company called DarwinAI changed gears to develop COVID-Net, a new technology that could identify individuals infected with the novel coronavirus.
  • The search also revealed information relating to the business response around funding available through the CARES act. One example is an article that suggested small businesses should think twice before applying for aid, since the program has limited funds. Their application if approved, can hinder other companies from receiving aid who need it most.

Research Strategy

These articles have been selected by utilizing hashtag and non-hashtag searches with Twitter and Twitter's proprietary algorithms for rankings of top articles discussing startups or entrepreneurs. Engagement metrics have been provided for the original post of the article (as ranked by Twitter) and do not take into consideration any additional metrics of subsequently shared posts of the article.
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